Julia M. H. Smith

in Europe after Rome

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780192892638
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670626 | DOI:

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This chapter presents some concluding thoughts. This book shows that from a world of Roman culture within which Christianity was one element in ad500, by ad1000 Europe had become a Christian world of which Roman cultural attributes formed one aspect. From a world of large polities in the south and small, simpler ones to the north and west, Europe had turned into a world of territorially extensive northern but modest southern ones. The early Middle Ages cannot be said to have begun, or ended, at particular dates on a time line, or to have been confined to this or that place or region. Instead, an early medieval ‘syndrome’ is proposed, whose symptoms appeared early in some places, acquired a particular intensity in others, lingered longer elsewhere.

Keywords: Middle Ages; Europe; Rome; Roman culture; Christianity

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Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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